Wildfires started by lightning and dry weather near Kamiah, ID on August 10, 2015 and surrounded the town on August 14, 2015. The town itself was successfully defended, but fires continued for several more weeks, often filling the town with dense, dangerous smoke and destroyed more than 50,000 acres and 70 nearby homes. Four historic Presbyterian churches are in the area, two of which are historic Native American congregations dating back to the 1800’s. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest, with strong support from Idaho VOAD have been deeply involved in long term recovery and case management. All volunteer assignments have been vetted through case management. Housing is available for volunteer teams.
- Many miles of critically needed agrarian wire fence must be rebuilt.
- Volunteers are needed to clean up ash and debris.
- Volunteers are needed to slash and pile smaller dead trees and brush.
- Youth welcome with adult supervision.